UK & Ireland
Happy King's Day: 5 facts about orange

Happy King’s Day: 5 facts about orange

On April 27 the Netherlands gets a little crazy and extremely (more than usual!) orange: it’s King’s Day (formally Queen’s Day). It is the birthday of Willem-Alexander – the King of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. To celebrate the Netherlands gets bathed in the national colour – orange (oranje). People paint their faces, hair is...
Top 10 facts about St George

Top 10 facts about St George

TODAY is St George’s Day, the feast day of England’s patron saint, so here are 10 things you might not have known about the saint. St George is thought to have been a third-century Roman soldier, who was born in the Roman province of Syria Palaestina to a Greek Christian noble family around AD280. Today...
Guide to activities beside the River Thames

Guide to activities beside the River Thames

When most people think of the Thames, they picture the iconic river that runs through the British capital, winding past London’s top tourist attractions. But there’s another side to the Thames that many tourists don’t get the chance to see, in the southern corner of Essex county. After the Thames leaves the big city, it...
A guide to family fun in Northampton

A guide to family fun in Northampton

From sitting inside the cockpit of a wartime plane to getting lost in a ball pit, Northampton is home to some fantastic family-friendly attractions. Get set for some fun in this thriving East Midlands town. Air-conditioned adventures at Wacky Warehouse Just about every parent has heard of Wacky Warehouse, a kids’ paradise equipped with slides, ball...
An art tour of Harlow

An art tour of Harlow

For art-lovers looking to unearth some of the UK’s hidden gems, Harlow in Essex is the perfect destination. The town prides itself on the strong emphasis it places on the arts, with impressive sculpture, paintings and exhibition centres dominating the cultural landscape of this bustling urban centre. Uncover some history in one of the UK’s...
Chocolate Rabbits and Crucifixion: Easter Uncovered

Chocolate Rabbits and Crucifixion: Easter Uncovered

For millions of Christians around the world, Easter is a deeply religious, and most important holiday, symbolising the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter Sunday. It has also become a highly commercial event, with shops everywhere packed with chocolate rabbits, colourful eggs and decorated Easter baskets. Further departing from...
April Fools’ 2015: Our Top Picks

April Fools’ 2015: Our Top Picks

You may have heard that we branched out into digital travel yesterday, with our E-scapes promotion – offering you a complete digital ‘holiday’ package that would make you the envy of all your friends – all from the comfort of your own home. It was, of course, an April Fools’ Day joke, and whilst even we...
The history of Manchester's Old Trafford

The history of Manchester’s Old Trafford

Nicknamed the ‘Theatre of Dreams’, Old Trafford is one of Britain’s most iconic football stadiums. Home to Manchester United and located just a short bus ride from Manchester city centre, it’s a must-visit for all football fanatics. Ask any Brit what Manchester is famous for, and they’ll probably tell you music and football. But while...
Hidden gems and popular stops along the Wild Atlantic Way

Hidden gems and popular stops along the Wild Atlantic Way

Local photographer John Eagle gives us some insider information on the hidden gems of the Wild Atlantic Way. See the Wild Atlantic Way through the eyes of John Richard Eagle (61), a local photographer and lover of the Irish lands. He lives near the Eyeries on the Beara Peninsula in Cork County and his interest...
The enchantment of Legoland

The enchantment of Legoland

Kids of all ages know by now that Lego, everyone’s favourite childhood toy, is experiencing a major revival. The Lego Movie was the UK’s highest grossing film in 2014, with an unrivalled rating of 96% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Sales of the toy increased by 15% last year, too: bad news for bare feet in...
Music of Belfast: 2015's best gigs

Music of Belfast: 2015’s best gigs

In Northern Ireland’s capital, you can see underground folk outfits in intimate watering holes and rock legends in jam-packed stadiums. Check out this run-down of the best on offer in 2015 to help you plan your trip. Legends of the stage Bringing you two of the world’s most seminal singer/songwriters for the price of one,...
Your guide to visiting Birmingham with Teenagers

Your guide to visiting Birmingham with Teenagers

Enter the chocolaty world of Cadbury It is rare to find a teenager who doesn’t love chocolate. Step into Cadbury World, although more suited for younger teens, it still guarantees all round family fun. Let your imagination go wild over this smooth, silky treat. The experience will take you on a journey of everything chocolate...
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